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Korean car maker Hyundai has unveiled its plans for the development of new ‘connected car’ technologies, paving the way for new in-car connectivity and car-to-car communications systems.

The Hyundai Motor Group, which includes the Hyundai and Kia brands, will collaborate with IT and networking companies to develop its “hyper-connected and intelligent car” concepts, promising to bring new value and efficiency to drivers.

The ‘smart’ car takes a step further from current in-car information and entertainment systems to become what Hyundai calls a “high-performing computer on wheels”. Hyundai’s concept connects cars to other cars, the office and the city.

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The plans outline four main service fields that will help create more intelligent cars that can receive and process data faster than ever.

Focus points for the mid- to long-term development include smart remote maintenance services, autonomous driving, smart traffic and a centralised connected mobility hub that will provide all the security and data management for the car.

Hyundai says that smart remote maintenance services will allow issues to be remotely diagnosed and fixed before they arise, acting as a preventative measure to stop problems before they happen.

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Autonomous driving systems will also be made safer  by connecting the vehicle to the city and road infrastructures, reducing the risk of human error.

All of this is hoped to come together as part of a broader ‘smart traffic’ network, reducing  congestion and lowering travel times by using traffic and road conditions to direct motorists through the quickest and safest routes.

Finally, the connected mobility hub utilises computer systems to improve interactions with the car and its surroundings, similar to the ‘vehicle to everything’ or ‘V2X’ systems being trialled by a number of other car makers. Australia’s own Cohda Wireless has made significant inroads in this area and its technology forms a major part of the development programs of manufacturers around the world.

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The main research and development focus of the concept is to create vehicles that can transfer large amounts of data quickly and wirelessly, along with cloud technology to collect and store vehicle data.

Hyundai says it will also invest in connected car security, which is important in protecting the integrity of a platform hosting various sophisticated technologbring all this to life, Hyundai says it will co-develop its connected car technologies through collaborations with global companies. The connected car concept aims to change the way people interact with their cars and the world around them.

The manufacturer has already established its cloud system, putting the core infrastructure of the connected car concept in place with the other developments to follow.

Hyundai is no stranger to pioneering vehicle connectivity: last year its Sonata sedan was the first production vehicle in the world to be available with Android Auto.

The Korean giant has also already started its development of fully-autonomous vehicles, after being approved for driverless vehicle testing in Nevada with sister-company Kia.

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